J.J.D./Unnecessary Begging

J.J.D./Unnecessary Begging

by Fela KutiFela Kuti
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A 1977 release (J.J.D) and a 1976 one (Unnecessary Begging) are paired together on this two-for-one CD reissue, one of the less remarkable ones in MCA's Fela series, though not unworthy. J.J.D. consists solely of one 22-minute song, "J.J.D. (Johnny Just Drop)." It actually isn't much different in length than most of his releases from this era (which usually contained two songs adding up to half an hour), but still made rather short value. The song is decent enough, making extensive use of a live crowd and busy hand-drummed rhythm at the beginning, then gliding into a typical (if very long) Afro-funk-jazz vamp. The title track of the two-song, half-hour Unnecessary Begging has an uncommonly (for Fela) slow-burning tempo that effectively maintains its slow, moody pace as instruments drop in and out. Philosophically, Fela takes his usual stance here -- not that it's a bad one -- deploring poverty and government inadequacy. His trademark weird electric keyboards are heard near the conclusion, sounding like a warped record that's out of sync with the rest of the track. The other song, "No Buredi (No Bread)," is a bit more up-tempo and, in its favor, makes greater use of those indefinably strange keyboards, which have an extraterrestrial quality when heard at length.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/24/2001
Label: Mca
UPC: 0731454924528
catalogNumber: 549245
Rank: 99900

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fela Kuti   Primary Artist
Tony Allen   Drums
Shina Abiodun   Conga
Lekan Animashaun   Baritone Saxophone
Leke Benson   Rhythm Guitar
Tunde Williams   Trumpet
Fela Kuti & Africa 70   Piano,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
James Abayomi   Stick
Franco Aboddy   Bass Guitar
Felicia Idonije   Choir, Chorus
Henry Kofi   Conga
Isaac Olaleye   Maracas
Shade Shehindemi   Choir, Chorus
Christopher Uwaifor   Tenor Saxophone
Nicholas Addo-Nettey   Conga

Technical Credits

Fela Kuti   Composer
Fela Kuti & Africa 70   Arranger,Producer
Rikki Stein   Liner Notes,Project Administrator
Mabinuori Idowu   Liner Notes
Demola Odebiyi   Engineer

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